The Capitol remained largely empty in recent weeks as the extended Easter and Passover breaks continued. Legislators did return to the Capitol in late March to pass another COVID-19 relief package. The $320 million measure provides funding for many impacted sectors of Minnesota, including childcare, transportation needs, veterans programs, government continuity, and dozens of other provisions. Of note, the bill provides $26 million to support programs for the homeless, as well as an additional $9 million appropriation for food shelves and other food stability programs
Governor Walz continued to use his executive authority to enact measures to stop the spread of the pandemic and assisting those who are impacted. Recent executive measures include restrictions on the prescribing of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to prevent shortages of the drugs, as well as temporarily waiving CME requirements for the duration of the public health emergency.
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